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SENATE POLL
Chatrath group wins 5 of 6 faculty seats
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
The Chatrath group of the Panjab University Senate romped home with five of the six faculty seats in the first election held on the campus to constitute the new Senate, here today. The election, however, was marred by a controversy over an invalid vote and a heated exchange of words.

Tempers ran high during the election meeting of the medical faculty after the anti-establishment group demanded that a “neutral” presiding officer should replace Dr A.C. Vaid who refused to step down. After about 15 minutes of argument, during which Dr Keshav Malhotra proposed the name of former PGI Director, Dr S.K. Sharma, Dr Vaid agreed to be “replaced”.

Dr Vaid said he would have stepped down had the other group maintained decorum and requested him for the same.

The seat of the medical faculty went to Mr S.S. Virdi.

In the election to the science faculty, Prof Harjinder Singh Laltoo lost to Dr Tankeshwar Kumar by one vote. This election, too, saw the two groups at daggers drawn as they contested the invalid vote which went against Prof Laltoo after the returning officer, Dr R.D. Anand, gave a ruling in favour of Dr Kumar.

The vote in question had a smudge of the cross marked against the name of Dr Laltoo. However, Dr Laltoo challenged the decision on the ground that Regulation 32 of the PU calendar said a ballot paper could be rejected if a cross was put on more than one name. Supported by the anti-establishment group, Dr Laltoo said the presiding officer had acted in violation of the powers under the statues and demanded a repoll.

The first election was held to the faculty of arts in which Dr Satish Sharma was declared elected. Dr Keshav Malhotra was declared winner in the languages faculty. In the combine faculty, former Principal of SGGS College, Sector 26, Mr P.S. Sangha, was chosen to represent the faculty in the Senate. Dr A.D. Ahluwalia, contesting in the science faculty, was the only candidate to have got no vote. Mr G.K. Chatrath has already been declared elected (unopposed) from the law faculty.

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Tele snag disrupts link between Kalam, students
First virtual campus launched by PTU
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 25
It was an opportunity of a lifetime lost.

For over a 100 students of the Sahibzada Ajit Singh Institute of Information Technology here, a rare chance to be face-to-face with the President of India, as part of an online videoconferencing interactive session came to naught when halfway during the session, a communication snag cut off the institute from Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.

The President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, was linked through V-SAT from the Rashtrapati Bhavan with five centres of Punjab Technical University across the state to launch the first ‘virtual campus’ of a university in the country. Inaugurating the satellite-based e-education programme for PTU’s distance education students online through videoconferencing, the President ‘e-taught’ over 400 students of PTU centres in Patiala, Jalandhar, Mohali, Ludhiana and Gurdaspur.

However, while students of Patiala and Jalandhar were able to attend the complete session, students at centres in Gurdaspur, Ludhiana and Mohali could not interact with the President.

Starting his interaction with a lecture on “information technology opportunities and challenges’, the President pointed out that technology, was the non-linear tool available to humanity which affected fundamental changes in the ground rules of economic competitiveness. While science was linked to technology through applications, technology was linked to economy and environment through manufacture. And economy and environment were linked to technology-promoted prosperity in society.

Dr Kalam introduced the concept of a virtual university to the students. The virtual university will act as a central hub of all universities, which are networked. All university libraries should be digitalised and made available for seamless access by all universities, he said.

During his lecture, Dr Kalam referred to an address on e-governance delivered on December 18, 2003, to be used as reference material by all students. He also referred to two books in the Rashtrapati Bhavan digital library, the content of which was integrated into the virtual lecture being delivered by the President.

After over half and hour of Dr Kalam’s speech, the link of the Mohali centre with Rashtrapati Bhavan was snapped and despite repeated attempts could not be reconnected. None of the students could interact with the President. After the company failed to bring Dr Kalam live on screens, the institute Director Lt-Col Karamjeet Singh (Retd) called off the programme, much to the dismay of students who left the venue with disappointment writ large on their faces,

A communication received from Maj-Gen R. Swaminathan, OSD (Research) to the President, said towards the end of the session, the leased line connectivity between Rashtrapati Bhavan and Mathura Road Comsat Max had failed at Okhla Jorbagh, New Delhi, due to which interaction with other centres could not take place. This connectivity problem appears to have risen due to incessant rain in the area for two days, added General Swaminathan. However, all questions and answers pertaining to those centres have been put on the website for the information of the students. Any other questions that students may have can be sent to www.presidentofindia.nic.in.

Representatives of Mindlogix Infotech Limited, the company providing the linking software technology for the programme, said they had been testing all these links for the past two days and a trial with the President too had been done yesterday.

The Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, was the chief guest at the PTU’s Patiala centre, while the Punjab Minister of State for Social Welfare Ms Gurkanwal Kaur, presided over the conference at the Mohali centre. Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, who was scheduled to attend this tele-conference at the Mohali centre, did not turn up.

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Vegetables from Parwanoo bring down prices in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
After scarcity it is glut. City residents heaved a sigh of relief as prices of vegetables started coming down today after enterprising traders in the city ferried vegetables from Parwanoo to the city this morning. Traders used the opportunity to lift huge stocks of vegetables and this caused prices to come down by close to half.

Stocks of vegetables had been lying blocked at Parwanoo for the past three-four days as truckers in Himachal Pradesh have not joined the strike. Traders in Chandigarh and Parwanoo used autorickshaws, jeeps and tempos to bring potatoes, tomatoes, coriander leaves (dhania), and bottle gourds and cucumbers. This caused a glut and prices of tomatoes fell from Rs 28-30 per kg to Rs 18 -20 per kg.

Mr Brij Mohan of Durga Fruit Traders, said: “There is a possibility of further decrease in the price of tomatoes as no transportation further from Chandigarh is available thus causing a glut.” And unlike apples and potatoes, tomatoes cannot be stored in a cold storage, Mr Brij Mohan added.

The prices of vegetables were lower than that of yesterday. On the first three days of the strike prices rose steadily. The rates of capsicum came down from Rs 25-30 to Rs 18-20 per kg. Brinjals, which were at Rs 20 per kg yesterday, were sold at Rs 15 per kg. Onions and potatoes continued to be sold at Rs 12-14 per kg and were largely unaffected.

At the vegetable and fruit market here, jeeps and tempos carrying tomatoes continued arriving throughout the day. Sellers came from as far as Solan to sell their produce. Mr Khurshid Ahmad, a farmer from Solan districts, said: “We cannot allow our tomatoes to perish and thus arranged for tempos to bring our produce to Chandigarh.” This cost us 15 to 20 per cent for transportation, Mr Ahmad added. 

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Faculty backs PGI chief, dubs circular breach of protocol
Tribune News Service

Another ‘controversial’ circular

Even though the controversy surrounding a particular circular is still to die down, another “controversial” circular issued by the DDA is doing the rounds of the PGI. In a circular forwarded to all PGI heads of departments and to the Financial Adviser, PGI, regarding the daily allowance extended to the faculty members for attending international conferences, the DDA has attached two noting pages which are considered to be “secret” official information. The employees’ union is alleging that it is yet another lapse on the DDA’s part.

Chandigarh, August 25
Controversy is brewing in the PGI here as the institute’s faculty has condemned the circular issued by the Deputy Director, Administration (DDA), Ms Meeta Rajivlochan, yesterday, asking the seven administrative sections in the institute “not to hesitate in disagreeing with the PGI Director.”

In a meeting held today, the faculty association has backed the Director, Prof K.K. Talwar, for taking all decisions in running the institute.

While the DDA had sent a circular to the administrative sections, saying that “the Director is a medicine man. His core competence does not lie in administrative matters and needs to be briefed about all the administrative matters,” the faculty in turn, said: “The unprecedented incident is not only unfortunate but also a breach of protocol.”

Meanwhile, Professor Talwar and Ms Rajivlochan have gone to Delhi to attend “separate scheduled meetings.”

Just before leaving the city, The Tribune spoke to the Director who refused to comment on the controversy. “I have nothing to say on this matter,” he said.

Sources said the Director had gone to Delhi for a “meeting scheduled for Thursday.” Meanwhile, the DDA left for Delhi early morning “for some official work.”

Through a statement issued to the Press, the general secretary of the Faculty Association, PGI, Dr Sanjeev Handa, said the faculty would support Professor Talwar in all administrative decisions made for the welfare of employees and the faculty. “The PGI has been fortunate to have great medical luminaries as its former directors and Professor Talwar is from the same lineage,” he said.

The PGI’s employees’ union has again raised the issue of repatriating the DDA who is an IAS officer of the Maharashtra cadre to her parent state. The union has taken up the matter with the institute’s governing body member and MP, Mr Suresh Chandel, who promised to take up the matter with the Union Health Minister.

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Drunk law students cock a snook at cops
Nailed after hour-long chase
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 25
It was a lift from a typical Bollywood masala potboiler. Three friends on an uphill joyride had almost the entire police control room staff of Panchkula district after them for almost an hour.

It was after a hot chase for almost an hour that the trio — Raj Singh, Ajay Pratap Singh and Harbir Sandhu were finally caught by the police near the Sectors 17 and 16 roundabout. Five PCR jeeps and four PCR motor cycles had to chase the youths for almost 40 km before they finally managed to catch them.

The trio — final-year students of the Law Department, Panjab University, had reportedly gone for an uphill drive in Raj Singh’s Indica car (PB-18F- 8281). The police says that while driving they allegedly consumed liquor and were “on a high” when they started back for Chandigarh. While Raj Singh is a resident of Gurdaspur, Ajay Pratap and Harbir Sandhu are residents of Mohali.

Ajay Pratap was reportedly driving the car at a high speed, and was in an inebriated condition. On the way back when the car reached Parwanoo, Ajay Pratap decided to bypass the police barrier. The police says the car broke the police barricade and missed hitting a policeman posted there. As the car sped towards Kalka, the Himachal police flashed a wireless message to their counterparts in Panchkula to nab them.

By the time the Panchkula police received the message, the car was heading towards Pinjore. A police naka was set up here, but the car managed to break the police barricade and sped on. A PCR vehicle chased it till it reached Chandi Mandir, where it broke the third barricade and sped towards Panchkula, with a PCR vehicle from Chandi Mandir chasing it.

A barricade was also laid at Old Panchkula, but the youths managed to bypass this as well. Three PCR jeeps chased the vehicle as it sped from Old Panchkula towards the Zirakpur highway. The car again entered Panchkula from the road dividing Industrial Area and Sector 12- A.

By this time, the Sector 16 police had been alerted and it positioned its vehicles on the road, making a barricade. The trio managed to break this barricade, but were caught at the next barricade laid by the Sector 16 police. As they sped towards the Sectors 16 and 17 roundabout, they hit several rehris parked along the road. Once the car came to a halt, the trio tried to escape, but were caught by the police.

They have been booked on charges of rash and negligent driving, drunken driving and obstructing government officials from performing their duties.

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Kohli allowed to be treated at GMCH
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
While extending the judicial remand of Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, main accused in the British teenager Hannah Foster’s rape and murder case, till September 1, the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Ms Paramvir Nijjar, today allowed the treatment of the accused at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, here.

An application for the treatment of Kohli at the PGI was moved by the defence counsel arguing that the accused was suffering from hypertension, skin allergy and had a gall bladder stone. However, the judge ordered that the accused be provided medical treatment at the GMCH within 48 hours.

Earlier, heated arguments marked the court proceedings with defence counsel — Mr Amar Singh Chahal and Mr Charanjit Singh Bakshi — demanding documents justifying the detention of the accused.

Quoting constitutional provisions, the defence wondered why the documents were not being supplied even though they were allowed to go through the files. Terming the detention of Kohli as illegal, they alleged that it violated Article 22 of the Constitution which provided that no accused could be detained without being informed about the reasons for such act.

However, the prosecution said since the case was of “international ramifications” the CBI required one week to supply the documents in consultation with the Ministry of External Affairs. After hearing both the parties, the CJM directed the prosecution to supply the documents before September 1.

Earlier, even as Kohli was “hurriedly” produced before the CJM around 10.05 am, Mr Arvind Thakur, opposed it saying that the CBI wanted the remand to be extended by sidelining the defence counsel. Ultimately it was decided to produce him at 2 pm.

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List of licensed colonisers creating confusion: NGO
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
The coordination committee of approved colonisers of the town planning scheme of Punjab met here yesterday to chalk out a plan in the wake of the “confusion” by the PUDA authorities in respect of its action against illegal colonies.

The meeting presided over by Mr R.P. Malhotra, president of Samadhaan, an NGO, noted that although PUDA had initiated a move to extend amnesty to colonisers by imposing penalty and external development charges, there was confusion because PUDA had placed a list of 123 licensed colonisers on its official website.

Mr Malhotra claimed that apart from this list, the colonies of the colonisers of the TP scheme of the Local Bodies Government, Punjab, with their area of operation falling under the jurisdiction of the municipal committees were also approved.

“Objections from the public are invited by the municipality concerned. Thereafter, on receiving a resolution of the said municipality, the Secretary, Local Government, Punjab, on behalf of the Governor, issues a notification under Section 192(i) read with Section 3(18) (B) of the Punjab Municipal Act 1911 by declaring the land unbuilt. After the notification, a detailed master plan of the project, clearly earmarking the permissible commercial area, roads, parks and space for parking, is prepared by the engineering wing concerned and is sent for approval to the Senior Town Planner of the area.

“The master plan is passed and the municipality is instructed to go ahead with sanctioning of plans of individual plots falling in the colony. A copy of the said master plan is also forwarded to the developer,” he said.

He claimed that PUDA had no role to play in the development of the area falling under such municipalities, especially in the case of NAC Zirakpur. No funds had been reimbursed by PUDA to the nagar panchayat concerned for the development of the area and PUDA could not demand external development charges from the colonisers falling under the TP scheme, he added.

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Pak drug smugglers alert Indian agencies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
The Pakistani drug suppliers recently threw 11 kg of heroine across fenced India-Pakistan border in the Khemkaran sector to be sent to Delhi.

This came to the notice of intelligence agencies this week when they recovered 4 kg of heroine worth Rs 4 crore in the international market, the informed sources told The Tribune here today.

The new modus operandi of the drug smugglers has alerted the Indian authorities who suspect that such consignments could not be sent unless either the ISI and Pak Rangers on the other side of the fence or a few persons of the BSF on the Indian side are in hand-in-glove with the smugglers. The sources said they suspected there were some black sheep in the BSF also.

The intelligence agencies have recovered 4 kg of heroine but the smugglers on the Indian side still managed to take away about 7 kg.

The sources said the smugglers, however, gave the sleuths a slip at the border. This is the first time that the intelligence agencies have come across an instance in which drugs have been thrown across the border from Pakistan inside India.

Telling about the modus operandi, the sources said that the medium of communication between the supplier and receiver was a pelted stone. They said that the supplier used to throw a stone from the Pakistani side inside the Indian side. The spot where the stone landed in the Indian border used to be the place where drug packets used to be thrown inside the Indian border. The sources said a few days before this incident, the smugglers had sent a consignment of 5 kg of heroine through the same route and the delivery was given in Chandigarh to be forwarded to Delhi. The sleuths are trying to find out who got the delivery in Chandigarh. They have identified a well-connected person of the city who is suspected to be involved in this supply.

The sources said the intelligence agencies were closely following the gang which was being led from Delhi.

The sources said that the packets of the drugs were three layered with a piece of cloth covering them. They said such packets could easily be thrown in water and retrieved later without any harm to the material.

The sleuths visited the border and noticed that the floodlighting pattern on the border is directed towards Pakistani side and there are dark patches in certain areas from where the drug and stone throwing activity could be carried out.

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Half-day holiday today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
All offices of the Punjab Government, its boards and corporations, in Chandigarh will remain closed in the post-lunch session tomorrow, according to a government spokesman.

The half-day holiday has been declared to enable employees to participate in a religious procession.

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Work for uplift of girl child earns her award
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
Her endless zeal to work for the uplift of the girl child has not gone unnoticed. Recognising the services of Sister Elsy, a former Principal of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has honoured her with the CBSE National Award for Teachers -2003.

The award is given for contribution to the field of education. She is the only one selected from the city.

Sister Elsy is the Principal of St Paul High School, Patiala district. Talking to The Tribune over the telephone, she said she was happy on being honoured.

She said her mission in life was to work for the uplift of the girl child. Her contribution in running a Hindi-medium school for poor girls at Sacred Heart School is well-known. In this year’s CBSE examination, students at the school have shown encouraging results. She stressed the need for all-round development of each girl child as they were the basis of future families. “ I would continue to work for the poor and needy”, she added.

Before her stint at Sacred Heart School, she was with Lady Fatima School, Patiala, for nine years and at St Anthony Senior Secondary School, Delhi for three years.

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Raid on STA office: 50 irregularities detected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
The CBI has detected at least 50 irregularities in the UT State Transport Authority (STA) during its three-day-long searches which concluded today.

The CBI is preparing a report of the cases in which seizures were made and challans were issued but the money deposited in the exchequer was less than fixed penalty.

The CBI is likely to prepare a report and send it to the STA for departmental actions against those persons who were allegedly involved in this racket. Sealed room was opened and necessary documents checked by the CBI.

Sources, said in most of the cases a violator was booked for a number of offences but the amount deposited in the exchequer was for small offences. In some cases, the money had not been deposited at all despite challans being issued and seizures made. The locks of the sealed room were opened when the person who had the keys today returned after three days.

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PSEB staff hold dharna
Our Correspondent

Patiala, August 25
On a call given by the PSEB Employees Joint Forum, employees of the board held a dharna in protest against the unbundling of the board and its likely privatisation here today.

Addressing the gathering, forum leader Amarjit Singh Sodhi criticised the move of the government and the PSEB management.

He said when the Central Electricity Act 2003 was under review at the level of the UPA government, the state government should not unbundle the board which had started earning profit.

The forum said the state government had not leant any lesson from the failure of the so-called power sector reforms based on the World Bank model implemented in other states.

Mr Radhey Shyam, another leader, said the forum had reservations on the need for enacting the Electricity Act 2003 as it failed to address the concerns of the power sector.

They opposed the handing over of four micro hydel projects to private firms and demanded the immediate cancellation of the contract.

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Cop seeks damages from Home Guard woman
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
A Chandigarh police constable has sought a compensation of Rs 50,000 from a former woman Home Guard volunteer for accusing him of having an illicit relation with another woman Home Guard.

Home Guard Commandant, M. L. Verma’s personal security officer (PSO) Harkewal Singh yesterday approach-ed a court against former Home Guard volunteer Prabhjot Kaur who made a complaint against the PSO for his relations with another woman Home Guard.

Harkewal said Ms Prabhjot Kaur allegedly made allegations against him after she was dismissed on May 7, 2004, and her requests to join service were turned down.

He said the former woman volunteer complained to senior police officers and Administrator on June 11, 2004, about his illicit relations with the woman. The former woman volunteer said the woman Home Guard was “also getting her salary without performing her duty under the influence of the complainant.” The constable said this letter led to an inquiry by the District Commandant, Home Guard, Mr M. L. Verma, who absolved the PSO of the charges. The commandant also said in his report that the woman Home Guard was getting her salary as per her attendance record.

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Swami Ishwarananda addresses CII session
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
As every employee in an organisation is first and foremost a human, and only then a professional, successful managers should develop basic human values to enhance excellence, both in oneself and in others, particularly in dealing with everyday challenges which involve interpersonal skills.

Emotional balance, integrity, ethics and spiritual principles, when practiced at the work-place, help individuals to develop serenity within, which manifests as excellence externally, said Swami Ishwarananda of the Chinmaya Mission in Chandigarh yesterday.

Addressing a session organised by CII on the Human Approach to Management, he said such an approach dates back to the spiritual scriptures of ancient India as well as the aphorisms of Chanakya, who lived and taught around 1300 BC. These values and principles are valid even today, provided they are intelligently interpreted to suit the present scenario of the business world, he said.

Swami Ishwarananda, formerly a software professional who had been working as a management consultant in Bangalore, joined the Chinmaya Mission in 1986 after meeting Swami Chinmayanand.

He uses a combination of Vedanta philosophy, meditation techniques and management expertise in his seminars and conferences, which he has conducted in the University of California - San Diego, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and University of Texas - College Station.

In India too, he has addressed the executives of various companies of national repute, and members of Lions and Rotary Clubs. The Chinmaya Mission seeks to provide to individuals from any background, practical means for spiritual growth and happiness, enabling them to become positive contributors to society.

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City artists shine in national exhibition
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
Thanks to the creative genius of city-based artists, Chandigarh was represented in “Swarnrekha”, the exhibition put up at the National Lalit Kala Akademi in Rabindra Bhavan, Delhi, to mark its golden jubilee celebrations.

Also featuring the works by winners of Triennale awards instituted first in 1968, the exhibition concluded in Delhi today. The show was curated for the Akademi by Amrut Patel.

Prof Brahm Parkash, Principal, Government College of Art, Sector 10, and Prof Prem Singh, former principal of the college, participated in Swarnrekha as winners of the Triennale Awards. While Prof Brahm Prakash exhibited one of his finest etching prints in the show, Prof Prem Singh’s painting titled, “Melody of Colours” sparkled in the category of oil on canvas.

Prof Prakash had won the Triennale in 1982 for his painting, while Prof Prem Singh had been awarded the prize in 1994. Among the National Akademi awardees from Chandigarh, who participated in the exhibition were Shiv Singh (awarded for sculpture in 1979), Prof Brahm Prakash, who had bagged the national award in 1980 for his painting, Subhash Chander Gupta, the National Akademi award winner for 1980, Jodh Singh, the National awardee for 1991 and Jagdeep Garcha, winner of National Akademi award in 1993.

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City must stay as UT, says BJP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
A meeting of state office-bearers, chiefs of district and morcha units and executive members and councillors of the UT BJP yesterday criticised the Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana for raking up the issue of the future of Chandigarh by staking their claims to the city and demanded that it must continue as UT.

The meeting, which was presided over by Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, President of the BJP, Chandigarh, noted that the statements issued by Capt Amarinder Singh and Mr Om Prakash Chautala had created confusion among the people of Chandigarh. The BJP leaders said the “issue of sharing of river waters was an internal matter of Punjab and Haryana, but the Chief Ministers of these states have been politicising the issue of Chandigarh to befool the people of the two states”.

The resolution said the Chandigarh BJP had also struggled in the past and emphasised that the city should remain as UT which in accordance with the wishes of the majority of the people of the city. “If need arises, the BJP will be ready to launch a public movement to ensure that Chandigarh remains a UT.

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AFWWA health camp begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
A month-long health screening camp for women, being organised by the Air Force Wives Welfare Association (AFWWA), began at the Chandigarh Air Force Station today. The camp was inaugurated by the president of the local unit of the AFWWA, Mrs Latika Tilloo.

The camp is being conducted by a team of doctors from the Station Medicare Centre. A lecture on the importance of cancer screening and preventive methods was delivered by Dr Subhash Singh from the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. About 150 ladies got themselves examined today.

The programme is aimed at screening AFWWA members for diseases like diabetes, hypertension, breast and cervix cancer, coronary artery diseases, obesity, bio-chemical abnormalities and dental diseases.

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Road repair taken up
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, August 25
The municipal corporation has started repairing roads in Harmilap Nagar. The roads had been damaged due to the rains.

Residents of Preet Vihar had met the MC Chairman, Mr N.K. Sharma regarding the poor conditions of the roads and streetlights.

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2 nabbed for carrying liquor, drugs
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 25
The Chandigarh police has arrested two persons for possessing liquor and drugs, according to a pressnote released here today.

Bihari Mandal, a resident of Nehru Colony, Sector 53, was arrested from near Community Centre, Sector 53, while carrying bottles of whisky yesterday. The police has registered a case against the accused under Sections 61, 1, 14 of the Excise Act in Sector 36, Police Station. The accused was later released on bail.

In another incident, the police has arrested Rajinder Kumar, a resident of Sector 57, Mohali from Sector 56 yesterday, while carrying 5 gm of smack. The police has registered a case under Section 21 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act in Sector 39 Police Station.

Theft: Sukhjinder Singh, a resident of Sector 21-D, reported that his Fiat car (PJA-6777) was stolen from his residence on the intervening night of August 23-24. The police has registered a case under Section 379 of IPC in Sector 19 Police Station.

In a similar incident, Maninder Singh of Sector 40-D filed a complaint that his Maruti car (PB-20-L-7835) was stolen from Sector 34 yesterday. The police has registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC in Sector 34 Police Station.

Chain snatched: Ms Balwinder Kaur, wife of a Sub Inspector and resident of Sector 23-B, filed a complaint that a scooter-borne unidentified youth snatched her gold chain from Sector 23 yesterday.

According to Ms Balwinder Kaur, she was coming from a gurdwara with a friend at around 8:30 pm when a scooterist snatched her chain and sped away. The police has registered a case under Sections 379, 356 of the IPC in Sector 17 Police Station.

Minor girl abducted: A young man from Mumbai came to the city in search of job and allegedly went away with a minor girl, according to a pressnote released by the Chandigarh police today.

Jit Bahadur, a resident of Kumhar Colony, Sector 25, reported to the police that Suresh, who hailed from Mumbai, has abducted his minor daughter on August 13. It is learnt that Suresh came to the city one and half month ago in search of job.

The police has registered a case under Sections 363, 366-A of the IPC in Sector 11, police station.

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Over Rs 60,000 stolen from SCO
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 25
The police has registered two cases of theft, and another one of mobile snatching, according to a press note released yesterday.

Darpan Kumar has filed a complaint of theft that someone had stolen cash Rs 62,150/- and some footwear accessories from his SCO 1124-25, Sector 22-B, during the intervening night of August 22 and 23. The thieves entered into the SCO by breaking the glass of a ventilator, from the rear of the building.

The police has registered a case under Sections 457, 380, IPC.

In another incident, Rajinder Singh, a resident of Sector 37-D, reported to the police that his Bajaj Chetak scooter (CH-01-Z-5014), was stolen from his residence, on August 21. The police has registered a case.

Amitoj Brar a resident of Sector 20-A, reported to the police that a driver scooter of (CHP-4778), snatched her mobile phone, from Sector 34-A on August 23. The police has registered a case.

The Chandigarh Police yesterday arrested Lalita Prashad, a resident of Aman Colony, Dhanas village, from near The accused was later bailed out.

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Boy held for stealing tutor’s jewellery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
A 14-year-old son of a working couple was today arrested for allegedly stealing a gold chain and ring from his tutor’s house in Sector 28 a month back.

The juvenile thief, also from the same sector, allegedly stole the jewellery of his teacher from whom he had been taking tuitions for the last one year on July 23.

The father of the teenager is working with the DCM in Ropar and his mother is a teacher in Government High Secondary School in Bapu Dham. He is a student of Moti Ram Arya Public School in Sector 27.

After stealing the jewellery, the student went to sell them to Delhi Jewellers in Sector 27 along with another minor. The jeweller refused to buy the jewellery and kept it with him. He asked the teenager to bring his father along to get the chain and ring back.

The student brought his father along and told the jeweller that he had found the two gold ornaments lying on the ground in 
Sector 17.

The father took the jewellery and advertised in newspapers saying his son had found a chain and ring from Sector 17 and its rightful owners could collect them from him.

The good intention of the father saved him as he could have been booked by the police for his son’s fault, had he not advertised about it in the Press. After reading a newspaper, the teacher approached the police which interrogated the minor thief. He revealed the entire story to the police. The juvenile thief was released on bail by a local court.
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Gearless scooter launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
Kinetic Motors yesterday launched gearless scooter Nova-135 here.

Addressing mediapersons Marketing GM Ajinkya Firodia said the company enjoyed a market share of 30-35 per cent in the country. It targeted to sell 90,000 Nova-135 across the country to take up its market share to about 45 per cent.

He said the company would import a 250 cc motor cycle “Comet” from Korean company Hyosung by January, 2005, to give its customers yet another superior riding technology.

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Earring festival

CHANDIGARH: OyzterBay has launched a diamond earring festival during the Raksha Bandhan celebration. OyzterBay has also planned special offers on every purchase. The festival is an initiative by the five brands — OyzterBay, Adora, Ace, D’damas and Sparkles — to showcase diamond earrings in a variety of designs and prices. TNS

Eyewear collection

CHANDIGARH: Titan Industries has announced the launch of Fastrack eye gear, its eyewear collection in Chandigarh. Eye gear is an extension of Titan Fastrack, a sub-brand targeted at the Indian youth. The trendy eye gear range is available in four distinct collections — Acid, Cafe, City Slik and Revv. TNS

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